VMW Monthly - December 2004 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents December 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Government of Canada invests $90,5 million in health and advanced technologies research and development
2005 health care technology trends will have strong impact on smaller businesses, according to ITSPA
Biostatisticians tackle potential avian flu outbreak in national computer modelling effort
Behavioural scientists to create first research-quality simulated human face with Silicon Graphics Onyx4 visualization system
Florida International University and IBM to develop autonomic computing solutions for hospitals
 
Grid for Health
 
Market Managed Peer-to-Peer Services project is maximising the Internet's hidden resources
Massachusetts General Hospital and IBM to improve information sharing among cancer researchers
Institute for Systems Biology to fold human proteome on World Community Grid
IBM invites public to donate idle computer time for global humanitarian effort
Japan's RIKEN bases new protein modelling solution on SGI Altix 350 system
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CDW and Parco offer first ultra-wideband RFID systems for health care, safety and emergency management organisations
The future adaptation of RFID to the healthcare industry - Study by Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah
Wellinx stands out at Medical Record Institute's ePrescribing Challenge
Cancer Treatment Centers of America deploys Misys Insight and Misys Radiology to maximize patient safety
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital upgrades to IDX Carecast
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips introduces new products to help medical professionals detect heart problems sooner and avoid invasive procedures
Siemens introduces new Encompass Release for ACUSON Sequoia echocardiography platform
Ziehm Imaging and Mercury Computer Systems accelerate 3D medical image reconstruction by a factor of 40X
MEDecision and Avidyn Health to bring Integrated Medical Management to self-funded health care market
Toshiba enhances Nemio ultrasound system with 4D imaging and debuts Aplio xV ultrasound system
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Scali software helps University of Georgia researchers in quest for vaccines
Computer-aided detection systems show potential for growth in mammography and beyond
Medicsight announces agreements for global distribution of three medical imaging software products
Teleca and Cypak develop world's first disposable electronic diabetes screening device for SmartSensor telemed
Angioplasty and robotically assisted keyhole bypass combo appears effective
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs goes live with Misys CPR electronic patient record system
University of Pennsylvania Health System launches life-saving eICU technology
Brotman Medical Center connects cardiac physicians to TCS Symphony from Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc.
Virtual House Calls now a click away at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
Casa Grande Regional Medical Center installs Misys RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution
 
Virtual snap shots
 
New publication pulls together recent research on wearable eHealth systems
Texas-based American HealthChoice launches telemedicine programme
Immersion Medical introduces educational Hysteroscopic Myomectomy CD
Smith & Nephew signs Quadrant Visual Solutions subsidiary as European digital O.R. partner
Next Dimension Imaging to release Mesh Compiler and new Model Post-Scripting technology
 
VMWC news bites
 
Given Imaging's PillCam SB provides gold standard accuracy in diagnosing small bowel tumours
Given Imaging's PillCam ESO as accurate as endoscopy in visualizing abnormalities of the esophagus
Virtual surgery simulators help train future surgeons at University of Michigan Health System
Hologic receives Frost & Sullivan's 2004 Technology Leadership of the Year Award in women's health diagnostics for breast cancer
Ascension's 3D sensor in ultra-thin bronchoscope permits novel imaging possibilities
 

Leads December 2004 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Government of Canada invests $90,5 million in health and advanced technologies research and development
Full ArticleThe Honourable David L. Emerson, Canadian Minister of Industry, has announced a $90,5 million, four-year investment in seven Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). With this major investment, the Government of Canada will enable Networks of Centres of Excellence to mobilize and apply intellectual and financial resources from across the country and focus them on issues critical to citizens' health, industry and society, according to Minister Emerson.
2005 health care technology trends will have strong impact on smaller businesses, according to ITSPA
Full ArticleAs pressure increases to raise profits by cutting costs, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that provide health care products and services are looking to several technology solutions to increase patient safety, reduce medical errors and improve bottom lines, stated the Information Technology Solution Providers Alliance (ITSPA), a national, non-profit alliance that helps SMBs understand how technology and local technology providers can help them succeed.
Biostatisticians tackle potential avian flu outbreak in national computer modelling effort
Full ArticleEmory University scientists are part of a national team developing computer models to combat the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus. By simulating the outbreak of this potentially deadly strain of flu in a hypothetical human community, the scientists hope to be better prepared to contain a real outbreak of the virus. Preliminary work from the models could be available by January 2005.
Behavioural scientists to create first research-quality simulated human face with Silicon Graphics Onyx4 visualization system
Full ArticleWith a wink of the eye or an arch of the eyebrow, what is that intriguing stranger telling you? Through the use of Silicon Graphics' advanced visualization technology, the answers to these and other questions of non-verbal communications may be uncovered with unusual precision by Ontario, Canada-based researchers at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in collaboration with the University of Toronto and Queens University. Using a Silicon Graphics Onyx4 UltimateVision system, these scientists are in the process of creating the first research-quality simulated human face, whose features can be controlled by a mouse right down to a Mona Lisa smile. The project will help isolate facial patterns humans routinely use to communicate, and do so with more scientific rigour than any real human being could muster.
Florida International University and IBM to develop autonomic computing solutions for hospitals
Full ArticleIBM and Florida International University (FIU) have launched two new research projects that will use autonomic computing technologies to help solve every day challenges in the health care industry. The projects will use policy management techniques to bring more security to patient records and reduce the time spent in the waiting room. The partnership is part of IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) award programme, created to exemplify the deep partnership between academia and the industry to explore research in areas essential to fueling innovation.
 
Grid for Health
 
Market Managed Peer-to-Peer Services project is maximising the Internet's hidden resources
Full ArticleResearch has shown that many Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications function on the altruistic contributions of a small minority of peers, with the rest "free riding". The IST programme-funded Market Managed Peer-to-Peer Services (MMAPPS) project's innovative system encourages peers to contribute without endangering the community.
Massachusetts General Hospital and IBM to improve information sharing among cancer researchers
Full ArticleMassachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and IBM are working together to study how the development of a Grid-based, distributed computing infrastructure can facilitate improved collaboration and information sharing among cancer researchers. Working with cancer researcher Dr. Thomas Deisboeck, M.D., of MGH's Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, who is also affiliated with the Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), IBM computer scientists at the company's Cambridge, Massachusetts, research lab have built a Grid of high-performance computers designed to improve information sharing and help researchers gain new insight through advanced brain tumour modelling and simulation.
Institute for Systems Biology to fold human proteome on World Community Grid
Full ArticleThe Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in partnership with IBM, United Devices and the University of Washington, has launched the Human Proteome Folding Project on World Community Grid. This project, the first to run on the Grid will help predict the shape of human proteins and further efforts toward predictive, preventive and personalized medicine.
IBM invites public to donate idle computer time for global humanitarian effort
Full ArticleIBM, along with representatives of the world's leading science, education and philanthropic organisations, has launched World Community Grid, a global humanitarian effort that applies the unused computing power of individual and business computers to help address the world's most difficult health and societal problems.
Japan's RIKEN bases new protein modelling solution on SGI Altix 350 system
Full ArticleUsing a 16-processor SGI Altix 350 system from Silicon Graphics as a cost-effective compute engine, Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) has demonstrated a new molecular dynamics simulation solution at the Supercomputing Conference 2004. RIKEN demonstrated its MDGRAPE-3 system in SGI's SC2004 Booth and in RIKEN's SC2004 Booth at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
CDW and Parco offer first ultra-wideband RFID systems for health care, safety and emergency management organisations
Full ArticleCDW Corporation, a provider of name-brand technology products and services to businesses, government and education institutions, has signed an agreement with Parco Merged Media Corporation to market Parco Wireless, the first FCC-approved ultra-wideband radio frequency identification (RFID) solution created for health care, safety and emergency management organisations. CDW is authorized to sell Parco Wireless exclusively to those types of organisations along with related products that support it, such as video monitors and bandwidth.
The future adaptation of RFID to the healthcare industry - Study by Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah
Full ArticleThe Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine is happy to present an in-depth quality study concerning RFID in health care, written by Brad Sokol from Fast Track Technologies Ltd. and Sapan Shah from Patni Computer Systems Ltd. This paper first was published in October 2004 by the RFID Journal, founded and edited by Mark Roberti. VMW is now publishing the study by courtesy of the RFID Journal.
Wellinx stands out at Medical Record Institute's ePrescribing Challenge
Full ArticleWellinx joined several electronic prescribing companies to compete in the Medical Record Institute's (MRI) ePrescribing challenge, held in Reno, Nevada on October 28th. The challenge was the centerpiece of MRI's conference on Mobile Health and Electronic Order Entry, which drew hundreds of attendees from around the country. Judging the challenge were Barry Blumenfeld, MD, MS and Carol Broverman, PhD, both of Partners HealthCare in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America deploys Misys Insight and Misys Radiology to maximize patient safety
Full ArticleCancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) sites in Zion, Illinois, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are deploying radiology results from Misys Radiology to Misys Insight. This final phase of a two-year system deployment is part of CTCA's strategy to send timely clinical notifications of abnormal results to physicians and caregivers to achieve higher quality care and patient safety.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital upgrades to IDX Carecast
Full ArticleThomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will upgrade to the next-generation IDX Carecast enterprise clinical system from IDX Systems Corporation to support its facility-wide use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and on-line clinical documentation. Using IDX LastWord, Carecast's predecessor, Jefferson University Hospital successfully launched and established computerized physician order entry (CPOE) with 90 percent of patient care units now live on electronic ordering, including the critical care environment.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Philips introduces new products to help medical professionals detect heart problems sooner and avoid invasive procedures
Full ArticleContinuing its legacy of delivering innovations that advance cardiovascular care, Royal Philips Electronics has unveiled an impressive roster of products that were showcased at the 2004 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA). Among these advanced new products are the Philips iE33 intelligent echocardiography system; the Allura FD20 flat detector X-ray system; and the Allura 3D Coronary Angiography heart imaging tool, which recently received market clearance.
Siemens introduces new Encompass Release for ACUSON Sequoia echocardiography platform
Full ArticleSiemens Medical Solutions has introduced its new Encompass Release for the ACUSON Sequoia C512 and C256 echocardiography systems at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in New Orleans from November 7 through 10, 2004. The new release includes Native TEQ dynamic ultrasound technology, a revolutionary image optimization technology that improves sonography work flow and ergonomics, and the new 8V3 transducer option for paediatric and foetal echocardiography exams.
Ziehm Imaging and Mercury Computer Systems accelerate 3D medical image reconstruction by a factor of 40X
Full ArticleMercury Computer Systems Inc. and Ziehm Imaging GmbH presented the first results of their ongoing alliance to increase performance and quality in 3D image reconstruction and visualization for mobile C-arm X-ray systems. These systems are used for minimally invasive and interventional procedures in urology, neurology, orthopaedics, and surgery.
MEDecision and Avidyn Health to bring Integrated Medical Management to self-funded health care market
Full ArticleMEDecision Inc., a software and services expert in care management, and Avidyn Health, a fully integrated care management company and member of Fiserv Health, together will bring Integrated Medical Management (IMM), to the self-funded health care market. The move will bring the competitive advantages of the industry's leading care management solution to Avidyn Health's customer base of third-party administrators (TPAs), employers, and other self-funded organisations seeking to control health care costs while improving patient outcomes.
Toshiba enhances Nemio ultrasound system with 4D imaging and debuts Aplio xV ultrasound system
Full ArticleProviding customers with greater access to the latest ultrasound technologies, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) demonstrated its continued expansion of the Nemio ultrasound's clinical capabilities by incorporating the company's 4D imaging technology into the full-featured, compact system. As one of the best-selling compact ultrasound scanners, the Nemio now enables a wider range of health care providers to acquire 4D imaging technology, making it available to a greater number of patients. The company also introduced the Aplio xV, TAMS' latest all-digital, high-performance ultrasound system. The new Aplio xV is designed to deliver expanded visualization to aid diagnostic confidence and streamline clinical work flow through a combination of key features, including optional imaging software packages for radiology and cardiology, Toshiba's award-winning iASSIST remote technology and a new flat CRT monitor.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Scali software helps University of Georgia researchers in quest for vaccines
Full ArticleSoftware developed by Scali, specialized in high performance clustering solutions, has been deployed by the University of Georgia to cut system administration time and boost the reliability and robustness of its new Linux-based High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters. The two commodity clusters, based on hardware selected from the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio, have been installed in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) at the University to help develop vaccines for many bacterial infections and diseases by simulating the reactions between carbohydrates and antibodies.
Computer-aided detection systems show potential for growth in mammography and beyond
Full ArticleComputer aided detection (CAD) systems, with their ability to increase breast cancer detection rates by almost 25 percent, have gradually established themselves as a must-have technology in the radiology department. Raising cancer awareness has become high priority in the medical community and CAD system developers are riding on the success of the various breast screening programmes implemented all over Europe, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan research analyst Srividya Badrinarayanan.
Medicsight announces agreements for global distribution of three medical imaging software products
Full ArticleMedicsight Inc.'s majority owned subsidiary, Medicsight PLC, has signed letters of intent with Agfa-Gevaert N.V. and Viatronix and a commercial agreement with Vital Images for global distribution of Medicsight's medical imaging software products. These agreements are the first of their kind for Medicsight and represent a major step forward in the company's plans to commercialize its advanced imaging technology on a worldwide basis. The intent is to incorporate Medicsight's software into the three companies' existing product offerings.
Teleca and Cypak develop world's first disposable electronic diabetes screening device for SmartSensor telemed
Full ArticleSmartSensor telemed has commissioned Teleca to develop the world's first disposable diagnostic system for diabetes detection and monitoring. The solution is the first application-based on SmartSensor telemed's concept for disposable medical diagnostic instruments. The product is based on Cypak's innovative micro-electronics and a biosensor integrated in a disposable unit.
Angioplasty and robotically assisted keyhole bypass combo appears effective
Full ArticleCombining stented angioplasty and robotically assisted "keyhole" bypass surgery is safe and may help patients with extensive cardiovascular disease, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2004. Doctors performed the hybrid approach on twelve patients, all of whom remain free of chest pain, according to Bernard De Bruyne, M.D., Ph.D., co-author of the report and head of the Catheterization Laboratory at the Cardiovascular Center in Aalst, Belgium.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs goes live with Misys CPR electronic patient record system
Full ArticleThe Saudi Arabia National Guard Health Affairs (NGHA) went live with Misys CPR electronic patient record (EPR) clinical information system on September 29. NGHA is a multi-site health care facility that includes the King Fahad National Guard Hospital, a 691-bed facility part of the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. King Fahad Hospital boasts the largest trauma centre in the gulf region, a major cardiac care centre, a leading ambulatory care centre and four large primary care clinics. NGHA also has hospitals and primary care centres in Al Khobar in the Eastern Province and Jeddah in the Western Province. Encompassing such an extensive network of sites, this project represents one of the largest clinical information management system implementations in the Middle East.
University of Pennsylvania Health System launches life-saving eICU technology
Full ArticleThe University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) will be the first health system in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to go live with eICU technology on November 15th. The Health System's Penn E-lert will permit remote "live" coverage of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) by practising, critical-care physicians - intensivists - via a comprehensive telemedicine system that includes early-warning software, order entry, clinical decision support, electronic documentation, and remote physiologic monitoring. Penn E-lert will be on-line first in the ICUs in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH).
Brotman Medical Center connects cardiac physicians to TCS Symphony from Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc.
Full ArticleBrotman Medical Center has chosen TCS Symphony from Medcon Telemedicine Technology to provide a fully automated filmless cardiac cath lab. TCS Symphony enables cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to manipulate full diagnostic DICOM images over a fast network environment. Its many functions include filmless acquisition, reviewing, processing, report generation, communications and long-term archiving. These functions are not limited to X-ray angiography images, but apply to echocardiography, NM, MRI, and CT images as well.
Virtual House Calls now a click away at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
Full ArticleEvanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) is giving patients an unprecedented ability to handle their routine health care and access their medical records from the convenience of their own homes. It has launched a secure, on-line portal called ENHfirst, where patients not only have 24-hour access to their medical information, but they can ask their physician questions, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, get test results and pay bills without having to play telephone tag.
Casa Grande Regional Medical Center installs Misys RIS-PACS integrated work flow optimization solution
Full ArticleCasa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) in Casa Grande, Arizona, is implementing the Misys PACS Integration Module and Misys Image Management solutions to improve radiologists' work flow and turnaround time and to enhance the care quality of its growing patient population. Misys Healthcare Systems' RIS-PACS solution, deployed through a strategic alliance with eRad/Image Medical, will send images to physicians in both inpatient and outpatient settings using the Misys PACS Integration Module.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
New publication pulls together recent research on wearable eHealth systems
Full ArticleA new book highlighting the results of recent research projects in the field of eHealth has been published by IOS Press under the title "Wearable eHealth systems for personalised health management, state of the art future challenges". The book contains chapters on several European Union funded projects and an introduction by Rosalie Zobel from the Commission's DG Information Society.
Texas-based American HealthChoice launches telemedicine programme
Full ArticleAmerican HealthChoice Inc. (AMHI) has launched a telemedicine programme that involves providing health care to patients utilizing video-conferencing telecommunications and digital technology, including electronic stethoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes, to virtually connect patients to health care professionals.
Immersion Medical introduces educational Hysteroscopic Myomectomy CD
Full ArticleImmersion Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary, Immersion Medical Inc., has introduced the first product of its Educational Suite on compact disk: the Hysteroscopic Myomectomy CD. Developed in partnership with leading clinical experts and based on guidelines from regulatory agencies and gynaecological organisations, the CD contains the essential material needed to understand minimally invasive hysteroscopic procedures that provide alternatives to open surgeries such as hysterectomy.
Smith & Nephew signs Quadrant Visual Solutions subsidiary as European digital O.R. partner
Full ArticleSmith & Nephew's Endoscopy division has signed an exclusive audio-visual (A/V) solutions partner agreement for its Digital Operating Room (Digital OR) programme in the European market. Under this agreement, OR Networks will provide A/V product and infrastructure solutions including design, custom configuration and installation services for Smith & Nephew's Digital OR customers in Europe.
Next Dimension Imaging to release Mesh Compiler and new Model Post-Scripting technology
Full ArticleNext Dimension Imaging, an independent 3D graphic software company located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, introduced Model Post-Scripting, a very efficient 3D model compression technology. The introduction came in conjunction with the release of the new product Mesh Compiler.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Given Imaging's PillCam SB provides gold standard accuracy in diagnosing small bowel tumours
Full ArticleResults from a study of patients with small bowel tumours have been presented in a poster session at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. In addition to confirming PillCam SB's ability to diagnosis small bowel tumours that go undetected by other imaging approaches, the data also showed that the majority or 65 percent of small bowel tumours discovered were malignant. The study was led by Dr. Jamie S. Barkin and Gregory D. Schwartz of the Division of Gastroenterology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine.
Given Imaging's PillCam ESO as accurate as endoscopy in visualizing abnormalities of the esophagus
Full ArticleGiven Imaging, specialized in capsule endoscopy, has presented the complete data from a study of PillCam ESO in the detection of abnormalities of the esophagus in patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) at the 69th annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in Orlando, Florida. Results of the study demonstrate that esophageal capsule endoscopy (ECE) with PillCam ESO was as accurate as conventional endoscopy (EGD), in detecting abnormalities that commonly occur in GERD patients. All patients reported greater satisfaction with the ECE procedure compared with EGD.
Virtual surgery simulators help train future surgeons at University of Michigan Health System
Full ArticleAt the University of Michigan Medical School, 21st century educational technology has caught up with 21st century medicine with the development of the Clinical Simulation Center. Here, doctors-in-training can practise their skills on extremely realistic procedural simulators, including those designed for developing surgical skills. These sophisticated simulators mimic the look and even the feel of performing an actual surgical procedure, allowing surgical trainees to practise techniques before they ever reach the operating room.
Hologic receives Frost & Sullivan's 2004 Technology Leadership of the Year Award in women's health diagnostics for breast cancer
Full ArticleHologic Inc., a provider of women's diagnostic imaging systems and state-of-the-art digital imaging systems, has received the Frost & Sullivan 2004 Technology Leadership of the Year Award in the field of women's health. The award recognizes Hologic for its work in the detection of breast cancer through tomosynthesis, a new investigational imaging technology.
Ascension's 3D sensor in ultra-thin bronchoscope permits novel imaging possibilities
Full ArticleAscension Technology will exhibit microBIRD, a new 3D measurement device that precisely tracks the location of instruments inside and outside the human body at RSNA 2004, the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, November 28 - December 2. microBIRD instantly measures the six degrees-of-freedom location of one or more sensors, just 1,8 mm wide and smaller, for applications in image-guided interventions.
 

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